According to VOA,the United States and Jordan have launched a 12-day military exercise, Eager Lion, which will cover training including border security, counter-terrorism and simulated chemical attacks.
Over 7,000 troops, including 3,500 U.S. soldiers will participate in the annual exercise, which is the U.S. military's largest and most complex in the Middle East.
The exercise follows U.S., French and British strikes on three Syrian chemical weapons sites. The strikes were in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack on the Syrian city of Douma that killed many civilians.
The Marine Corps Times added that the exercise will include live-fire ranges, fire support coordination exercises, military working dog training, close quarters battle, military operations in urban terrain, chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear training, and many other types of training.
The Times added that U.S. military officials did not confirm whether the chemical and biological training in the region was in reaction to any threats or recent events in Syria.
According to the Defense.gov, sailors from the USS Iwo Jima and USS Oak Hill will use landing craft to move cargo and supplies to and from the amphibious ships while honing their ability to maintain a secure maritime environment, as part of the exercise.
“We are looking forward to working with our Jordanian partners. This exercise provides valuable training opportunities that enhance our ability to operate as a team and shows our commitment to each other and security in the region,” said Navy Capt. Jack Killman, commander, Amphibious Squadron 4.
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